Implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (rtegional or minority Languages No. 2) (1999)
Since its entry into force on 1 March 1998, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages has been the subject of lively discussions within various member states of the Council of Europe. The conference of Innsbruck in December 1998 provided participants with the opportunity to take the pulse of regional or minority languages, not only where the charter has been ratified and is presently being implemented, but also where states are preparing for future signature and ratification.
The role of local and regional authorities in the context of the charter was recognised and it was emphasised that they could contribute significantly to its success. Finally, certain legal aspects of the charter were examined, including the extent of its flexibility as a legal instrument and the mandate and structure of the committee of experts on the charter, which now has a key role in the protection of regional and minority languages.
International conference on the European charter for regional or minority languages (Regional or minority languages No. 1) (1998)